Update: According to someone who was at the golf tournament, Whitey Herzog was having a good time walking around taking pictures of the players when he seemed to get overheated. He left the tournament for the hospital, leaving those who saw him leave hoping he was ok.
Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog suffered what was termed a minor stroke at his golf tournament on Monday. He started the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation in 1987 and every year he hosts former players and other celebrities to a golf tournament that benefits the Foundation.
The Cardinals released a statement on Tuesday regarding the situation:
“The St. Louis Cardinals were informed today that Hall of Fame Manager Dorrel “Whitey” Herzog sustained a minor stroke yesterday (Monday, Sept. 16) during his charity golf tournament. Whitey and his family wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting, and doing well.
Whitey is hoping for a quick recovery, and he and his family are very appreciative of the caring support that everyone has shown them.”
Herzog’s Youth Foundation has helped provide youth baseball programs in both Missouri and Illinois. The foundation was established to improve ballfields and make them safer for amateur baseball. These improvements have included the construction of facilities, installation of new turf, the addition of new fencing with padding, construction of dugouts, the installation of irrigation and new lighting.
The foundation has also provided funds to assist with purchasing equipment, uniforms and other expenses related to youth baseball.
Over the years, the Foundation has presented thousands of dollars to American Legions, Little League programs, and schools to fund improvements to ballfields, as well as help local children play the game of baseball.